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  • Writer's picturePaul Howe

September 2023 Training Update

GENERAL:

NEW FOR 2023


When attending CSAT classes in the future, please have:

  • Electronic Ears

  • Tourniquet

  • Thumb drive


The reasoning behind the Electronic Ears is simple. We want you to hear range commands on the line and during scenarios. Input can be made without shouting.


As for Tourniquets, I watch many a person who has one on their gear, not use it as they don’t want to remove it from the pouch or the plastic. If your tourniquet is so fragile that it cannot be used for training, you must buy a different one. You should have training tourniquets as well. If you need one, the Pro Shop will be happy to sell you one.


Finally, bring a thumb drive as it has never been easier and cheaper to collect class information and handouts than at this time in history.


THE CSAT WAY ON FACEBOOK AND PATREON

We continue working on new video content for the Patreon Operator and Patreon Instructor. As of 1 Jan 2022, we had 170 videos on the site.


You can visit “The CSAT Way” on Facebook for video updates.



BANANA REPUBLIC

We are witnessing a group of bureaucrat socialist/commies attacking our way of life and the Constitution by harassing political candidates through treasonous actions in their public service. The weak-assed Republican wussies need to up their game.



Above is an interesting view of Texas politics.



LET THE BUYER BEWARE

I purchased two Sig Laser Range Finders in around 2016. Doing a gear check this year, I found that both are bad. One will not turn on. The other only shows a partial reticle, which is dimly lit.


Both are in great shape, not abused and rarely used.

I contacted Sig on 7 Aug 2023 at about 0945. I was pleased to talk to a person in a short amount of time. I gave them the serial numbers and they could not find a record and would get back to me.


A few minutes later, at about 0956, I received a return call and they let me know they were out of warranty.


Below is a copy of one of the Sig manuals that came with the Range Finders. So much for the “Infinite Guarantee.”

Sig has failed. Again.


I will purchase another brand in the future.


This comment is why I support Wilson Combat and other reputable companies. I have a Sportsman Club member who bought a WC 6.5 on Gun Broker. It was not shooting to standard and the previous owner decided to dump it.


Wilson Combat took it back at no charge, fixed it and returned it to the owner. Sometimes you pay a little more and get better customer support. Every company will have problems with a product from time to time. The good ones will make it right.



I purchased the above range finder for around $74 and it is working out nicely.


THE HEAT AND YOU


As I migrate into my third trimester of life, I take note of many things and changes. One of them is how I manage the heat during the brutal Texas summers.


As summer approaches, I know I must throttle back on my work pace and reduce how much work I want to accomplish in a day. I must plan accordingly and not pretend I am 27. This means I start earlier in the day and finish earlier.


If you are coming to a one-day course, the threat of heat is not so bad. A multi-day course without taking adequate care of your hydration needs can cause you a face plant or visit to the doc.

Hydration


I pre-hydrate, hydrate, and post-hydrate.


A few items I keep in my truck or around the house for summer heat


Pre-hydrate


As for ORS-Oral Rehydration Solutions, I add DripDrop powder to the water I drink at least once a day. I can put a packet in a bottle or a half-packet in two bottles. As for water, I increase my intake before my day begins, generally the night before. Further, I cut back on alcohol and sodas.


Hydrate


When we reload mags at the range, we hydrate, fluids in and fluids out. If you are not peeing, you are doing it wrong. This is the first sign of dehydration I look for in students. I suggest they get a gallon water jug from minute mart and gauge their water intake by gallons.


When working on the ranges, I deliberately stop between projects and down some water and check my fluid output color.


During the training/workday, many different “hydration” treatments are available—everything from salty potato chips to pickles and drinking pickle juice to Tonic Water.




Post Hydrate


The post-hydration phase is important as well. This replaces and preloads what you have lost.


As I get older, I can get cramping in my hands and feet when I do not replace what I have shed through sweating. In my case, I hit about everything in the picture including the Calcium, Magnesium and Zinc tablets. If my body does not need it, I will pee it out.


Conclusion:


As an Instructor, I also carry spares for my students. If I see one having problems, I give them a DripDrop and a bottle of water and then assign them a battle buddy to monitor them. Sometimes, we put them in a car with the AC going. I do not let them return to training if they cannot pee.


I also keep Thermo Tabs (Salt Tabs) in my truck as well and order new bottles as each new summer season approaches.


I do not suggest stopping training in the summer but adjusting your training and diet to help you with the heat. Also, see a doctor if you have medical conditions or have questions about anything I have stated above.

We are currently evaluating and testing the above ORS, as it gives you exactly what you need/lose without the sugars the others include.



STEEL

Working Camp Hawk with prototype sheath.



“Be sure to check in at csattss.com for our line of Tomahawks and limited-edition blades.”




NEW RANGE






From the New Shoot House, you can make an outside shot, 35 yards through the woods with your pistol on the new range.











I was able to add a small new range next to the New Shoot House on the hill.




MEMES:



The CSAT WAY Book













IN CLOSING


Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on the range.


Paul R. Howe

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